Alumni spotlight: Matt Heimbach
What is your current title and position?
Advisory IT Specialist for IBM Global Business Services, working on project management of internal projects in Raleigh, NC.
What degree did you receive from Weatherhead and in what year?
MBA/MSM-Information Systems joint degrees in 2007.
What brought you to the Weatherhead School?
I came from the Allentown, PA area to do my undergrad at Case in 1997. After graduating from undergrad, I worked for the Case School of Medicine's Molecular Biology and Microbiology Department as the IT coordinator. After a little while I realized that I should really take advantage of the tuition waiver to which Case staff members are entitled. In an unusually ambitious moment, I signed up for the GMAT and registered for my first Weatherhead Information Systems class in the spring of 2004.
With regards to your Weatherhead experience, how has it been relevant to your current position?
I have not been in my position for all that long, but so far the greatest relevance of my Weatherhead experience has been my breadth of understanding regarding the business and technical requirements of corporate IT projects. I believe that I add value by being able to assess the implications of IT decisions on other aspects of business.
What was your favorite class or teacher while at the Weatherhead School and why?
My favorite class by far was the International Institute class held in Budapest and Prague. I am not much of a traveler, and other than a short trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, I had never been out of the country. Seeing how those two cities have changed economically and socially since the fall of communism was amazing. My favorite of the more traditional classes was Human Resources for Nonprofit Organizations. During my studies I was able to fit in a few of the Mandel Center classes, and I really enjoyed them. The classroom discussions during these classes always seemed to be of the highest caliber. Despite not being known as the most vocal of students, I could not help but get involved in the discussions for this class.
What piece of advice would you give to current Weatherhead students?
If you are like I was and want a job outside of the Cleveland area after graduation, I highly recommend starting your job search early. I do not think it's possible to start too early. The Career Development Center was able to help me quite a bit regarding job search strategy, but naturally many of their direct contacts and companies visiting the campus are looking to fill local positions. The Weatherhead School is known throughout the nation and has a wide network of alums, so it is easy enough to acquire a good network in the area you want, but it requires you to make an appropriate investment in the groundwork.
If you could invite any famous person/celebrity (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would invite Peter Gammons. I do not normally care for much of the work of traditional baseball journalists or broadcasters, but I really like his work. He has an unbelievable level of access to the players and front office folks. He always seems to have the scoop. I'd imagine that he has some amazing stories to tell. At the same time, unlike most traditional baseball folks, he is not afraid to keep an open mind about new trends and statistical analysis. At any given time and in any given group, he always seems to be the most objective and level-headed analyst around.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Besides fiddling around on my computer and hanging out with my fiancée (a fellow Case alum), I like watching far too much baseball and throwing darts.